The last of a wave of snowstorms is expected to pass through the eastern United States Friday and Saturday, after the biggest snowfall yet in an exceptionally harsh winter.
The latest snowstorms were predicted as millions of people struggled to dig out of heavy snow that blanketed the eastern third of the country. A million people in the South were in the dark after ice coated trees and snapped power lines.
At least 18 deaths have been attributed to the storm, including that of a pregnant woman whose car was hit by a snowplow. Her baby was delivered in critical condition.
The storm hit the southeast Wednesday and moved up the Atlantic coast Thursday into New England in the northeastern U.S.
More than 30 centimeters of snow fell on parts of the the mid-Atlantic, closing down the federal government and schools, and grounding thousands of flights. Bus services in Washington were canceled.
Some residents seemed determined to enjoy their unexpected day off. Some Washingtonians trekked downtown to the National Mall in Washington - a broad expanse of lawn - to ski or make sculptures in the snow.
This has been an unusually harsh winter in the United States, with deadly cold in the Midwest, rare ice storms in the South, and the most snow the East has seen in several years.